By Joe Ellis

19th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Rodrigo quashes doubts over Leeds United future in revealing interview

Spanish international Rodrigo has moved to quash any rumours that he wants to leave Leeds United this summer in a revealing interview.

The 31-year-old has seen something of a resurgence this season under Jesse Marsch that currently sees him as the Premier League’s top scorer with three goals in two games.

But he could have left Elland Road before the season even began as Turkish Super League side Galatasaray had him on their radar for a striker, according to Onur Ozkan.

But his sudden upturn in form has ended any doubts he or anyone else had surrounding his future at Leeds United and he has now confirmed his desire to stay.

“The truth is, no. I’m happy at Leeds, in the Premier, in the city,” he said to AS when asked if he would return to play in Spain. “There is an interesting project, last year we had difficulties, but it was due to different circumstances… I want to continue growing here.”

Star man

One of the big questions over the off-season was how much could Marsch stamp his authority on the Leeds squad after steering them to safety last season.

Rodrigo’s emergence as an integral part of the side has proven just how much the American is changing things in Yorkshire because the Spaniard was not a star by any means under Marcelo Bielsa after his club-record arrival.

Now he is finally playing in the position he wants to play, as a second striker, he is producing the performances that everyone expected of him in the first place.

Patrick Bamford’s injury may threaten to disrupt things somewhat but Leeds are trying to bring in a new striker to go along with Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood.

Whoever that may be, they will need to strike up a good relationship with the 31-year-old to keep him firing on all cylinders and firing the Whites up the league table.

In other Leeds United news, that striker could get one step nearer today as this European club could accept Victor Orta’s offer.